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  • Locations: Moyo Hill Camp, Tanzania
  • Program Terms: Summer A-Term, Summer B-Term, Summer Quarter
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     QUICK FACTS
 Location  Moyo Hill Camp, Tanzania
 Academic
 Term
 Summer Quarter
 Credits 12 credits
 Eligibility  Sophomore standing or above by time of  departure; min 2.75 GPA
 Language   None
 Advisers   Mike Renes | renesm@uw.edu
 Application    Deadline  February 15
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The School for Field Studies-Summer Program in Wildlife Management & Techniques for Wildlife Field Research in Tanzania

NOTE: Students must participate in both Summer Sessions 1 & 2 in order to meet minimum credit requirements of the UW Study Abroad Office.

Program Description

Northern Tanzania, home of world famous national parks such as Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Kilimanjaro, Arusha, Serengeti, as well as the Ngorongoro conservation area, offer a tightly packed hub of wildlife conservation. This magnificent setting on the Maasai Steppe will be our 'learning laboratory'. Expeditions to the national parks will be frequent. This area of Tanzania is extremely scenic and is the center of nature tourism in the East Africa region.

Traditional pastoralism is also practiced here in what has been the home of the Maasai and Iraqw people for centuries. Northern Tanzania is a place where members of local communities interact with wildlife on a daily basis. For these reasons, this area provides an excellent opportunity to examine some of the challenges and opportunities of conservation in Tanzania, including human-wildlife interaction.

Students will be exposed to a rich array of issues related to wildlife management and conservation, and in methods and practices in wildlife field research. Summer sessions are presented by SFS faculty and guests who have years of field experience and grounded knowledge of the area. Field lectures and field trips will comprise a critical component of this summer program.

Overview

Wildlife Management and Conservation--Session I

Students will be exposed to wildlife management practices and the complex issues involving sustainable wildlife conservation in the Tarangire-Manyara ecosystem of Tanzania. The course combines concepts and principles of ecology, natural resource management, and socio-economics which are central to effective and sustainable wildlife conservation. During the course, students will develop skills to explore the ecology, social organization, and behavior of common African large mammals.

Central to the course is the understanding and evaluation of managed protected areas in the region and students will learn methods to examine the complexities of conserving wildlife in protected areas amidst a rapidly changing socio-economic and political environment. In addition, we will attempt to understand the key constraints to the conservation of wildlife among resource-poor rural populations and identify key aspects of human-wildlife conflicts.

Techniques for Wildlife Field Research--Summer Session II

Students in Session II will be exposed to a suite of wildlife field techniques and methods routinely used to access wildlife ecology and management policies and practices in East Africa with specific application to the Tanzania Tarangire-Manyara ecosystem conservation areas. The focus will be multidisciplinary and reflect the complex realities of balancing ecological, economic, and socio-cultural factors in sustainable wildlife conservation and management studies. Students will learn foundational skills in observation and evaluations of wildlife, as well as interactive methods used for assessing local community attitudes and behaviors towards conservation efforts and apply these techniques to advance long-term research goals at our center. Examples of techniques that will be taught include: effective identification, sampling, and data collection and analysis methods for flora and fauna; remote and on-ground sensing, spatial mapping; survey design and interviewing skills; communication skills (report writing and public presentation).

Field Expeditions and Exercises

Learn about social organization, basic taxonomy, and conservation status of charismatic large mammals in African savanna ecosystems; go on game drives in world famous national parks and conservation areas; practice field observation, game counting, and behavioral study techniques of savanna species

Wildlife Management and Conservation--Session I

Travel on field lectures to study changing land uses among pastoral communities and implications of these to wildlife and environmental conservation. Visit local villages and group ranches to understand local organizational components and community dynamics related to the challenges of rural livelihood and wildlife conservation; develop recommendations and potential solutions to conservation challenges in Tarargire-Lake Manyara ecosystem

Techniques for Wildlife Field Research--Session II

Acquire quantitative skills to determine species density, diversity, and habitat preference among species within a conservation area; on trips, learn how to plan, prepare, and conduct a comprehensive game count of wildlife. Gain skills in collecting behavioral ecology data on birds, primates, elephants and other animals. Determine species-habitat relationships and differentiate between habitat specialists and habitat generalists; understand the implications of observed relationships for the management of animals and habitat. Through direct interaction and inquiry with local community members, assess local views on community wildlife conservation initiatives including identifying the various forms of human wildlife associated losses and people's attitudes towards wildlife and resource challenges.

Housing

Students will stay at Moyo Hill Camp, our field station in Tanzania under The SFS Center for Wildlife Management Studies. Students will live in the Manyara area, about a 10 minutes drive from Lake Manyara National Park and a half hour from the famous Ngorongoro National Park. This wonderfully scenic area, world-renowned for its beauty, geography, history, and wildlife, is perched on an escarpment overlooking the Rift valley and the Ngorongoro Hills, with plenty of hiking trails to enjoy.

Program Expenses, Financial Aid & Scholarships

For this program you will pay all program fees directly to the program provider. The UW Study Abroad Administrative Fee, however, will be charged to your UW student account and payment will be due by the UW tuition deadline for your first quarter of enrollment.

For tuition and living costs associated with this program, visit the program's website. You can also request a budget sheet for financial aid purposes by completing and submitting a Budget Request Form to UW Study Abroad. 

For more information about budgeting, financial aid, and scholarships for study abroad visit our page on  Finances.

Application Process

To create a UW Study Abroad application for this program, click the "Apply Now" button on this page and complete the requirements as instructed by the prompts. In addition to your UW Study Abroad application, you must also complete and submit an application to The School for Field Studies by its deadline. 

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